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Cocke Co. man who found body after animal attack arrested for failing to appear in court, police say

Charles Owensby, the man who reported finding a body on his Cocke County property after a possible animal attack, was arrested at his home Wednesday for failing to appear in court two days earlier.
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Charles Owensby(Cocke Co.)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 9:37 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Charles Owensby, the man who reported finding a body on his Cocke Co. property after a possible animal attack, was arrested at his home Wednesday for failing to appear in court on Monday.

Owensby was originally arrested on drug charges in July. At the same time, authorities took an aggressive dog into custody and collected DNA from two other dogs that were not Owensby’s but lived on the property.

He was originally released in July after posting a $1,000 bond.

On Monday, Owensby reported that someone had shot a bullet through his camper around 2:30 a.m. A deputy was dispatched and did see a bullet hole in the camper facing Jim Town Rd, but did not see any shell casings in the yard or roadway, according to investigators.

He also said that a county road employee had been screaming ‘murderer’ at him in the mornings. The deputy advised the captain of the claimed incidents and he agreed to get in contact with Owensby.

During this time, Owensby was allegedly very upset and said he would retaliate if they killed his dog. The Criminal Investigate Divison found that the alleged bullet holes were already there from a previous incident. Owensby was charged with filing false reports.

Owensby is listed as the original complainant after the body of Tony Ahrens was found near his property on April 1. Authorities have been investigating Ahrens’ death along with the death of Amber Miller four months later.

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